Barring a catastrophic Drew Brees injury, and assuming this is truly his final year, the likelihood that we see Jameis Winston start a game in the black and gold this season is slim.
Winston is wisely opting to undergo the same career rehabilitation process that paid off for Teddy Bridgewater this past season. But with little to no game tape, a starting gig and a contract won’t be in Winston’s immediate future.
My point: Jameis will likely be around for, at least, the next two seasons. Meaning his potential departure would be right in line with Taysom Hill’s contract expiration.
If Hill doesn’t see himself as a priority in New Orleans, he’ll leave. Another team will come along and make him an enticing offer, and he’ll take it.
Under normal circumstances, that would leave the Saints in a precarious position, with no real backup other than the green Tommy Stevens.
Bringing Winston aboard adds padding to the Saints transition out of the Drew Brees era. Even if Winston isn’t capable of playoff-caliber football, he’ll be able to man the helm and keep Michael Thomas happy until Mickey Loomis can find another capable quarterback.